Women We Admire

Since 2009, PACSW has sponsored the "Women We Admire" speaker series, in which women from around the UC system have shared their insights about their careers, workplace challenges, and work-life balance.

The events are open to all members of the UCOP community, and both men and women are invited to learn more about how to make the most of working at UC. Recordings of prior events will be posted here as they become available, and future events will also be advertised in Link.

Upcoming speakers

  • Dec 1, 2014 - Pamela Brown, Vice President of Institutional Research and Academic Planning (IRAP)
  • Jan 20, 2015 - Mina Bissell, LBNL Distinguished Scientist
  • Feb 10, 2015 - Cheryl Lloyd, UC Chief Risk Officer
  • Mar 11, 2015 - MRC Greenwood, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Nutrition, UC Davis; President Emerita, University of Hawai'i; Chancellor Emerita, UC Santa Cruz
  • Jun 9, 2015 - Jerlena Griffin-Desta, Deputy to the Vice President of Student Affairs and Executive Director, Student Services
All events will be in Franklin Lobby 1 from 12-1p, unless otherwise noted.

Prior speakers

Other presentations


Prior speakers

2014

Maria Echaveste, Policy and Program Development Director at Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, UC Berkeley School of Law, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff, US Ambassador to Mexico nominee (October 2014)


Joan Williams, Hastings Law Professor and author of What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know (August 2014)

Janet Napolitano, UC President (July 2014)

Susan Carlson, Vice Provost for Academic Personnel (May 2014)

Jane Conoley, Dean of UC Santa Barbara's Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and former Interim Chancellor of UC Riverside (April 2014)

Kellie A. McElhaney, Whitehead Faculty Fellow in Corporate Sustainability and founding Faculty Director of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley; author of Just Good Business: The Strategic Guide to Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand (Jan. 2014)

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2013

Lindsay Gottlieb, UC Berkeley Women's Basketball Head Coach, and Charmin Smith, Associate Coach (Aug. 2013)

Sheryl Vacca
Chief Compliance Officer (June 2013)

Dorothy Leland
UC Merced Chancellor (May 2013)

Nina Robinson
Chief of Staff to President Yudof (April 2013)

Josefina Baltodano
Senior Associate - External Relations of the Center for Studies in Higher Education and Founding Executive Director of the Executive Leadership Academy, UC Berkeley (March 2013)

Rita Spaur and Pamela Roskowski
Police Chiefs for UC Merced and UC San Francisco (January 2013)

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2012

Dr. Aimee Dorr
UC Provost discusses lessons learned on her career path to the Office of the President, including faculty positions at Stanford, Harvard, USC, and UCLA. (December 2012)


Dr. Peggy Lemaux
ANR Cooperative Extension Specialist talks about her career and her research and outreach efforts regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs). You can view the research website here. Co-sponsored by the Family Resource Network. (November 2012)


Dr. Renee Navarro
UCSF Vice-Chancellor of Diversity & Outreach discusses her journey to becoming a physician, faculty member, and the first African-American woman Vice-Chancellor at UCSF, as well as her ongoing work promoting fairness in health care. (March 2012)


Sandy Barbour
UC Berkeley Athletic Director shares her lessons learned from 30 years of intercollegiate athletic administration, including being one of only 5 female athletic directors of NCAA Division 1A school programs nationwide, overseeing Berkeley's 29-sport program with more than 800 student athletes, and finding support from family and mentors. (January 2012)

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2011

Dr. Barbara Allen Diaz
UCOP Agriculture & Natural Resources Vice President discusses her nearly four-decade career combining marriage and family with science, administrative management, academics and a piece of a Nobel Prize. (December 2011)


Dr. Laurel Mellin
UCSF Associate Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine, author of Wired for Joy and The Pathway, discusses Emotional Brain Training (EBT), her program for giving you the power to rewire your own emotional brain. EBT teaches users to switch the emotional brain from stress to joy to improve habits, mood, productivity, relationships, weight, memory and health. (May 2011)

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2010

Lynn Tierney: Courage in Crisis
AVP Communications, recounts her experiences at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. (September 2010)


Dr. Mhel Kavanaugh-Lynch
Director of UC’s Breast Cancer Research Program, speaks about Breast Cancer Awareness month. (October 2010)


Dr. Amy Levine
Executive Director of the UCSF Center for Gender Equity, discusses the many programs she has implemented at UCSF that have supported UC employees in pursuit of their intellectual, professional and personal goals. (August 2010)


Susan Thomas 
Retired Senior Counsel and Chair of PACSW, talks about her 30-year career as an attorney at UCOP, personal challenges she faced along the way, and her historical perspective of the University’s resilience during difficult times. (March 2010)

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2009

Judy Sakaki 
Vice President for Student Affairs. (October 2009)


Debora Obley
Associate VP-Budget Operations at UCOP, shares her top ten career tips, titled How to Succeed at UCOP without Really Crying, and discusses everything from not sweating the small stuff and sticking to your values to embracing character building experiences and taking time to cut your hair off every now and then. (July 2009)


Dr. Mary Croughan
2008-2009 Academic Senate Chair, researcher, and mother of four gives a down-to-earth talk on her successful journey at UC. (May 2009)

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Other presentations

Using Social Media to Advance Your UC Career 
In July 2010, PACSW and the UCOP Staff Assembly sponsored this presentation by talent and career management consulting firm Right Management. Learn how LinkedIn and other social media tools like Twitter and Facebook can advance your UC career through connecting and building relationships and providing a rich source of information for collaboration and career opportunities.


Developing Your Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ)
In March 2011, PACSW sponsored this presentation by Lindsey Zan, Manager of EQ Development at Talent Smart, on EQ: what it is, why it's important, the four core EQ skills (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management), and strategies from Emotional Intelligence 2.0 that can be used on the job to improve/build EQ skills.

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